2016/11/16

BOOK REVIEW:
THE ZANZIBAR CHEST BY AIDAN HARTLEY

Title: The Zanzibar Chest: A Memoir of Love and War
Author: Aiden Hartley
Published: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 446
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
This is the story of the author, a journalist, who grew up and spent most of his life in Africa, as well as the story of his ancestors and their experience on the continent.


Review:
I've had this book on my shelf for quite some time, wanting to read it but leaving it for the right time, until I was in one of those moods where I don't know what I want to read. I'd saved it because I was so sure I was going to enjoy it, but alas, I was disappointed.

In short terms, the story is great but the way it's told is, in my opinion, lacking. There are fascinating things happening, but generally I was distracted by a dislike for the narrator and the way he was telling the story. The whole premise has such great potential, but I generally just found it a bit... just lacking. To me, I could find very little depth and reflection in general, which I think does this whole book and history an injustice.

It's a story that deserves to be told, just better. I am, however, aware that this book is loved by many, so maybe the lack of connection is just me. But I don't think so.
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